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How to Get, and Reward, Help with Your Dining Reservations

By Dave Shute

Getting Dining Reservations Help from yourfirstvisit.netThere’s two ways to book your Disney World dining—on the web, and over the phone at (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463). (Don’t know what to book?  See this.)

Crack Commenter Disney Dining Agent noted yesterday that if you are calling, your odds of getting one of the best dining agents are increased if you call between 7a and 10a eastern.

His comment explains the details, but the short version is that the best agents get first pick of shifts, and that shift is the most popular among them.

He also notes that the way to insure that the best keep showing up at that time is to do the survey after the call, and to rate excellent help from the dining agent as a “1” when question number 5 rolls around!

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1 Kate M. { 04.24.14 at 10:26 pm }

Hi Dave,

I finally booked our trip after months of research (using your site for a lot of it), and I have our itinerary totally planned out! I am so excited! 😀 One thing I have left to do is make ADRs. I have heard (maybe through your site?) that it can be beneficial to mention a celebration along with dining reservations. We’re going on our honeymoon, so I want to include that information on our ADRs, but there is nowhere to mention that when making ADRs online. I may be answering my own question here, but is it really more beneficial to make ADRs over the phone? What’s your experience? Do you think it increases the likelihood of “Disney magic” to note that we’re on our honeymoon when making reservations? We’re making at least one reservation for each of our nine days there. Thanks for all of your help so far! Your site is great!

2 Dave { 04.25.14 at 8:25 am }

Hi Kate, and I’m so glad the site is helping!!

Mentioning celebrations helps when you are at the restaurant and asking for a specific table–e.g with a cuter view. But I haven’t heard that helps with ADRS, as the cast members can only book the capacity that’s available, and don’t assign tables when making ADRs.. It can’t hurt, though!!

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